My Love/Hate Relationship with the Warped Wall

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” I remind myself of that quote from Theodore Roosevelt all the time. I think it resonates with me because I so often don’t try new experiences until I have it mastered. I don’t want to go to a movie until I’ve read the book and there are times I put off social engagements until the mood suits me. The problem is, that for many of us, the perfect time will never come. I’m trying to get better about procrastination in life. I often over analyze things and miss out in the process. Life doesn’t stop while I second guess stuff.

As I tried to get up the warped wall at Tough Mudder last weekend, I kept hesitating. I’d run to the obstacle and then slow down, exactly the opposite of what you need to do to get up that thing. I was concerned I was holding up participants behind me, didn’t want to disappoint the kind people trying to give me a hand up and just ended up frustrated. While that obstacle got the best of me, it did give me some reminders to start my week.

Don’t hesitate.

If you want something, go for it. Don’t overanalyze. Do your research and make your plans, but once they’re set in motion stay in that attack mode. I waste so much energy overanalyzing and I definitely have better areas of use for that finite energy. I need to stop thinking so much and just do more. That NIKE slogan remains a classic.

Stop Worrying About Everyone Else.

I’m not on this planet to impress anyone and I need to remember that. I’m sure the people in line behind me at the warped wall weren’t the least bit annoyed with me, I most likely created that problem in my head. I remind people in classes that everyone else is focused on their form and their pain, they aren’t looking around judging others and I need to be better about taking my own advice.

Be Patient.

I love to powerwash and vacuum for that sense of instant gratification and I think too often I carry that into many areas of my life. If I don’t get something right away, I want to move on. It’s not fun to play darts when you never hit the board, but I’ll never get better if I don’t practice things even when I suck.

When you have a lot of time on a course, you get plenty of time to think about things. Usually, I forget them by time I cross the finish line or run through the shower, but that warped wall will stick with me as a reminder. There were so many nice Mudders willing to help get me to the top, I just needed an attitude check.  Much like life, I’m surrounded with amazing people who are incredibly supportive and patient. If I clear the self doubt and garbage from my head, it’s easier to focus on that. I’ll be back for the warped wall and in the meantime focus on the lessons it gave me.



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